- Trump has decided not to name Giuliani as Secretary of State due to “negative stories,” in a book to be released soon.
- On “The New Abnormal,” writer Andrew Kurtzman recounted how Trump changed Giuliani’s position.
- “Giuliani launched this campaign in the press to get the job, which led to Trump being disqualified,” Kurtzman said.
After Donald Trump won the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani was at the top of the list among the candidates most likely to secure a senior position in a potential government.
As a former federal attorney general and former 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, Giuliani has long been an outspoken politician on the national stage, but his alliance with Trump was about to take him to new heights.
During a recent episode From The New Abnormal podcast on The Daily Beast, Andrew Kurtzman – and He wrote an upcoming book About Giuliani – He said Trump initially “promised” the former mayor the role of Secretary of State.
“According to a lot of people I have met, he is [Trump] “Giuliani was promised this job during the campaign,” Kurtzman said during the podcast. This was the only job Giuliani wanted. The prosecutor offered him – he refused. Homeland security offered him – he refused.
He added, “He modeled himself on his god-like conception of a statesman even though he didn’t have five minutes of foreign policy experience.”
In Giuliani: The Rise and Fall of America’s Tragic Mayor, Kurtzman delves into the longtime public figure’s life, including his emergence as a prominent member of Trump’s political orbit.
But during the podcast, Kurtzman — who has covered Giuliani for 30 years — detailed how Trump went on to override the former mayor when it came time to choose his administration’s top diplomat.
“Trump – once it became the reality – had to decide whether to name Giuliani,” Kurtzman said. “He just started hearing all these negative stories about him, about his drinking. Giuliani launched this campaign in the press to get the job, which got Trump suspended. They launched an internal investigation into the campaign with Giuliani’s clients, and he did. Several clients with conflicts I potentially filled out a report — dozens of pages — and in the end, Trump moved on.”
Giuliani has a long time to reject Having a problem with drinking.
“I’m not an alcoholic” He said During an interview with NBC New York last year. “I’m a worker – I probably work more effectively than 90 percent of the population.”
When podcast host Molly Jong-Fast asked him if Trump considered Giuliani “corrupt,” Kurtzman disagreed.
“I don’t think Trump saw him as corrupt. I think he saw him in a desperate situation,” he said.
During his reporting, Kurtzman also discovered a meeting in which Trump gathered several of his senior advisers to get their feelings on a possible nomination for Giuliani’s secretary of state.
“Trump is having this meeting in Trump Tower and he’s gathering all of his top aides in a room, and that’s Jared Kushner, Hope Hicks and Reince Priebus,” Kurtzman recounted in the podcast.
He continued, “He asked for a show of hands — at the time he was thinking Giuliani and Mitt Romney. And he was saying, ‘Okay, everybody raise your hands for Mitt Romney if you like him.'” And nobody did. Then he asked about Giuliani and almost everyone in the room voted for Giuliani as Secretary of State. There’s kind of a place his star was at the time despite people’s concerns, but Trump wasn’t convinced.”
Trump will continue to choose former energy executive Rex Tillerson as his first secretary of state, but not before hosting Romney at Jean George’s Restaurant, located inside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York.
The dinner produced an image that apparently reflects weak the nature of their relationship.
Kellyanne Conway, who ran Trump’s successful 2016 White House campaign and has gone on to serve as a senior White House adviser, has been resolute. opposing To Romney he became Secretary of State.